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Why is local travel so special in South Africa

Why is local travel so special in South Africa

When it comes to travelling across South Africa, I am definitely a veteran, which I regard as an incredible honour. Although I was born in Namibia, I have lived in the Rainbow Nation my entire life. It is my home, I love it here and I want to see as much as possible. This drive to explore my country makes me reflect on an important matter though. The age of content creation has brought a new dimension on what travel means to us, especially via  platforms such as Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. To a very large extent it has taken away our desire to travel within the boundaries of our countries. We are so drawn in by the promise of greener landscapes, bigger mountains and more impressive beaches elsewhere, that we skip over what we have at home. Without further delay, let me take a moment to share a little about why SA travel is so worth it.

The People

Ah, the people. I honestly believe we have the greatest people in the world. Although we have our problems, the average South African is, what we would call, a “lekker” person. We all have such openness to share and such an unmatched urge to entertain. Most South African people are super friendly and accommodating. We love gathering together to share moments. A place is only as good as its people, and that is exactly why South Africa is such a special country to travel across.

The Beauty

South Africa is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We truly have everything here. We have the great vastness of the Kalahari desert and all its secrets, the endless Cape beauty and the marvellous Drakensberg Mountain range. Although reasonably well-developed industrially, South Africa also has large untouched and wild places that add so much value to adventures. The country’s incredible variety in beauty makes it truly wonderful from a traveller’s perspective.

The Food

“The food there is so much better” – every friend I have who has left South Africa.

This belief also extends to all of my foreign friends who have visited. We truly have the freshest and most delicious food in South Africa, from our “braaibroodjies”(barbeque toasted bread made with onion, cheese and tomatoes) and boerewors (South African sausage) to Koeksisters and Melkert (pudding goodies) – to name but the tip of the iceberg.

The best part of our great food is that you can have it on your travels throughout the country. The cuisine goodness really makes South Africa such a great place to visit.

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When Flying

If there is one thing I absolutely hate, it’s the middle seat. Don’t get me wrong, I love people. But there is something excruciatingly painful about sitting in-between to strangers who don’t necessarily share your same extroverted antics or love for playing music too loudly. This is exactly why I always set an alarm 24 hours and 5 minutes before my flight leaves. Don’t bother with a calendar event either; go straight for the sound bombardment of your least favourite alarm tone. For this reason, I am always one of the first people to check into my flight, ensuring that I have that nice isle seat –  in case I decide to have too much coffee (sigh, bathroom breaks)

Avoid The Dreaded Dead Phone

Buy a battery pack, or kiss your Instagram stories goodbye. Battery packs are inexpensive and essential travel enhancers that I cannot go without. You can never predict how long you’ll be without the comfort of a plug. You also want to avoid being “that guy” who has to stay an extra hour later to charge their phone.

Make Friends Before You Arrive

As mentioned earlier, I am a total extrovert, which means I make friends quite easily. Although it is super fun to hone new friendships spontaneously when you arrive at your destination, I also advise reaching out prior to touching down. Many of my travels have been richly enhanced by friends who were ready and waiting (prior planning is essential to maximising an experience). Social media has been a superb tool for this approach. Wherever I go, I know I’ll have people who are eager to hang out and show me around. Having those established connections will boost the value and meaning of your adventures tenfold.

A few quick tips

  • Make two thorough checklists. This extends to everything you need to take with you, as well as everything you want to do on the trip. You do not want to miss anything. Trust me, no one needs that drama.
  • Put a fragile sticker on your bags. This one is sneaky, but will maximise the chances that your bags are handled properly and also ensure that they’re on top of the pile: you’re welcome.
  • Make sure that you have a well-stocked medical pack. You never know what might not agree with you. You also do not want to walk into an unknown pharmacy, looking like a goblin that’s trying to find something that could’ve been in their bag.
  • Buy flip-flops and do not walk barefoot on roads. You might think you’re tough and that a Cape Town holiday is child’s play (this is me), but your feet are weaklings. Trust me, you do not want to waste your holiday on feet that have more blisters than millennials have opinions.
  • Always be nice to everyone – you should do this every day. I promise that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how your eagerness to engage with people can bring unexpected joy to your travels (even if it just means getting a free shot).
  • Take an extra small bag (one of those bio degradable shopping bags) for your dirty clothing. It’s just so unnecessary to mix your mud-strewn hiking pants with your clean clothes.

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Favourite local spots to travel to

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Knysna Heads

If you know me, you also know that I love motion and moodiness. Visiting the Knysna Heads at their foot, is one of the secret top tips I can give to you. Although you won’t have the widest amount of angle opportunities, you are spoilt by smashing waves and amazing scale. There are also a couple of dodgy wooden bridges that make for perfect photographic opportunities, to those who feel a little more adventurous. As an afterthought, I would like to recommend the entire Garden Route. It is one of my favourite place in South Africa and has so much to offer.

Wild Coast

I am not going to go pin-point-perfect on this one, although, I do highly recommend Trennerys hotel if you plan on making a trip to the Wild Coast. This place is special to me. I have seen few places in South Africa that are as enthralling  as this place. Few locations feel as out of this world, with dry desert-like beaches and unexpected patches of green life (due to the many rivers that flow into the Indian Ocean). The Wild Coast is truly a place that can send goosebumps running down your body, as you realise the true extent of it’s untamed beauty.

Klapperkop

This spot is definitely a local Pretorian’s pick and is also one of those spots that might need a little more eagerness from your part. Compared to the spectacular landscape beauty of Cape Town, Klapperkop sucks, to put it casually. Don’t let that put you off though. With the right level of commitment, you can turn this location into something worth seeing. A top tip is definitely to visit during golden hour, as you can see the sun rise or set on the horizon. Klapperkop also offers you with a perfect – it could even be beautiful – 360 degree view of Pretoria.

Cape Town

I know this is cliché, but I have to be honest here. Cape Town is number one on my personal list of local places to visit; it is essentially a second home to me. I cannot, and never will, get enough of this incredible city. Cape town as so much to offer in terms of beauty, people, super culture, great accommodation and fun activities. I always feel at home and enjoy the countless opportunities that present themselves around every corner. I can also give a sneaky shout out to nearby spots like Stellenbosch (I really love this beautiful European-like town) and Kommetjie (one of my favourite places to stay at near Cape Town). You really are spoilt for choice, in and around Cape Town.

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Introducing Louw Lemmer

Introducing Louw Lemmer

Moving from his birth place in Windhoek in 1999 to his new home in Pretoria, aka Jacaranda city, Louw most certainly caught the travel bug at a very early age. This free spirited creative has been traveling for most of his life and has dedicated himself to capturing the beauty of our planet and its people through breathtaking imagery which tell stories of mystery and love and has since shaped his skills as a talented photographer.

Louw has a raw and untamed energy and sums himself up a “glass full to the brim” kind of guy, a hopeless romantic and family orientated. He believes that family and a good relationship with family is one of the core foundations to a happy and successful life.

Apart from his many years of travelling and keen eye for detail, Louw has developed a passion for people and a love for inspiring and educating. He is always pushing himself to his physical and mental limits which has allowed him to become a professional at his craft.

From all the beautiful local spots South Africa has to offer, Louw’s top local spots are the Garden Route and Cape Town and draws inspiration from the diverse population and scenery that bring out the best in his creativity.

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